Now 2024 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Black Authors Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA+ Artwork WIP

Recent posts

Month in review

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Big Hairy Drama by Aaron Reynolds
Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
Culture is Our Business by Marshall McLuhan
Drood by Dan Simmons
Emily and the Strangers Volume 1 by Rob Reger
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White
I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached
The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop
Language and Art in the Navajo Universe by Gary Witherspoon
Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye
Mad Scientist by Jennifer L. Holm
A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison
Mr. Toppit by Charles Elton
Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
Once Upon a Curse by E.D. Baker
101 Things I Hate About Your House by James Swan
The People Inside by Ray Fawkes
Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
Strange Fruit, Volume 1 by Joel Christian Gill
Unicorns? Get Real! by Kathryn Lasky
Unthinkable by Nancy Werlin
Whiteoaks of Jalna by Mazo de la Roche
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Zombelina by Kristyn Crow

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

Beat the Backlist 2024

Ozathon: 12/2023-01/2025

Canadian Book Challenge: 2023-2024

Chicken Prints
Paintings and Postcards

Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.

Whiteoaks of Jalna: 02/04/15

cover art

Whiteoaks of Jalna by Mazo de la Roche is the second (in publication order) of the series. It follows a few months after the matriarch's birthday. Things though aren't so rosy at Jalna and the neatly tied up threads are starting to unravel.

Finch has found his passion in life: music. But he seems conflicted sexually. It doesn't help that most of his relatives refuse to accept him as he is. The exception (to everyone else's shock) is Adeline, the matriarch.

Meanwhile in New York, Eden's marriage has completely fallen apart. His wife is back to her old life and thriving. But he's been eaten alive by the city and needs an intervention.

When Eden's brought home to recuperate, things get even dicier at Jalna. The main problem is that everyone is too different but they're all staying put to keep Adeline happy. Her hold over Jalna is very similar to that of the grandmother's in Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.

Except in the case of Jalna, Finch learns that Adeline doesn't really expect everyone to stay at her beck and call. Jalna's a bit of a time capsule only because it's her home. She and her husband built it on their return from India. That doesn't mean she expects her children and grandchildren to recreate her experiences on a daily basis.

But they have given up listening to her and she has given up talking to them. Thus Jalna has fallen into a weird stasis that will only be broken upon her death.

Four stars

Comments (0)

Lab puppy
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:

Twitter Tumblr Mastadon Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2024 Sarah Sammis